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Cooperation is a mandate and a mission at the EUIPO.

The IP world is ever more interlinked and interconnected, so to help our customers and to strengthen the global IP framework, we cooperate and collaborate with partners both in the EU and internationally.


Our network is built through European cooperation in the area of tools and services, and at international level throughout the world.


Our IP network encompasses our European partners in the European Union Intellectual Property Network (EUIPN); the national and regional intellectual property offices of the EU. Together, we build advanced tools and services for our customers, and we develop and implement common practices.

At international level, we implement a set of EU-funded projects for the European Commission in China, South-East Asia (the IPKey South-East Asia and the Arise+IPR projects), Latin America, the Caribbean, Georgia and Africa.

We also cooperate bilaterally with other countries and regions around the world, as well as with international forums like TM5 and ID5.

Our Institutional Relations function handles all interactions between our major partners: EU institutions; national and regional IP offices of the Member States of the EU; and user associations. It is here that the Secretariat of the Management Board and Budget Committee, our governing bodies, is based. The Institutional Relations function also handles the Liaison Meetings, and is in charge of the two-way information flow between the EUIPO and its stakeholders through a number of bilateral and ad-hoc events.

Through the European Observatory on Infringements of Intellectual Property Rights, transferred to the EUIPO in 2012 under Regulation (EU) No 386/2012, the Office coordinates a number of pan-European networks, including the IP in Education Network, the European Intellectual Property Prosecutors’ Network and the Judges’ Network. Cooperation is also carried out with EU agencies and international bodies like Europol, Eurojust, CEPOL, the European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF), the United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute (UNICRI), the European Patent Office (EPO) and the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).






EUIPN Annual Cooperation Meeting 2021


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EUIPN Annual Cooperation Meeting 2021


The European Union Intellectual Property Network (EUIPN) Annual Cooperation Meeting was held online on 21-22 April 2021.

More than 80 participants from the Member States Intellectual Property Offices (MS IPOs) and the Benelux Office for Intellectual Property (BOIP) attended the meeting, which coincided with the 10th anniversary of the European Union Intellectual Property Network.

The EUIPN Annual Cooperation Meeting is the forum where the EUIPO, the MS IPOs and the BOIP jointly identify how to best implement the European Cooperation Projects (ECPs). They do this within the existing strategic framework in line with the priorities of each IP Office. The aim of this cooperation is to benefit the users of the IP system. Most Offices were represented by their top management, allowing for a constructive exchange of views on strategic aspects of cooperation.

During the online sessions, participants also discussed the potential for creating synergies between the EUIPO and the IP Offices.

Thanks to the meeting, the EUIPO was also able to gauge the level of interest in participating and implementing further ECPs in the future. Ultimately, this will shape the 2022 annual work programme.

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